A lot of insanity brewed over the week, kickstarted by the announcement of the dates for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Anything after that is just nice to know, right?
It’s that time, when rabid classic film fans fight over hotel rooms for the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival. TCM has announced March 26-29th, 2015 as the date for the fest with the theme of “History According to Hollywood.” Passes for the fest can be bought in November. There’s not much known beyond that as TCM can now keep the movies close to the vest as a surprise for audiences. With a title like that, it’ll be interesting to see how TCM defines “history according to Hollywood;” is it historical events interpreted by Hollywood, or their whitewashing of certain events? Either way, expect plenty of awesome films and guests to arrive. The March date is almost a month earlier than last year’s fest and there’s been some pushback from fans who weren’t expecting a March date. I’m hoping to secure media credentials for another year of covering the event – already got my room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – and I’ll keep you covered on any new developments!
Hope you’re prepped for a lot of TCM news this week (although does any of it trump the 2015 TCMFF dates?). It’s inching ever closer towards TCM and Bonhams latest auction, TCM Presents: There’s No Place Like Hollywood on November 24th in New York City. Preview exhibitions of the items going up for bid will be done on November 6th-9th in Los Angeles and November 20th-24th in New York. Recently added items you can bid on include Marilyn Monroe’s saloon dress in River of No Return, two portraits of Veronica Lake (if anyone wants to buy one for me I’d be eternally grateful), and a cadre of movie posters from Robert Osborne’s personal collection.
Comic legend Steve Martin will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, on June 4th, 2015. The tribute will air on TNT sometime next summer with an encore presentation showing on TCM.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Warner Archive honors Olivia de Havilland, one of the few classic film actresses still with us, with the release of three of her films: Gold Is Where You Find It (1938), Wings of the Navy (1939, the same year as her starmaking turn in Gone With the Wind), and Government Girl (1944). All of these can be purchased on-demand at Warner Archive’s website.
Also set for release via Warner, although not Warner Archive, is the Kirk Douglas biopic of Vincent Van Gogh, Lust for Life. Little is known about this release, including bonus content and final artwork. Lust for Life comes to Blu-ray, February 3rd, 2015.
Fox Cinema Archives: Fox continues to unearth rare comedies as part of their Cinema Archives collection. This week’s releases are The Magnificent Dope (1942) starring Henry Fonda and Don Ameche, and One Wild Night (1938) starring Dick Baldwin and Lyle Talbot.
TCM Vault: The TCM Vault gets in the holiday spirit with plans to release Remember the Night (1940) on Blu-ray for the first time in honor of its 75th-anniversary. This is the second Barbara Stanwyck Christmas film to come out to Blu-ray this year; Christmas in Connecticut comes out November 11th. Bonus content on the disc includes an intro by Robert Osborne and on-disc posters. Remember the Night hits shelves November 3rd.
A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.